Knowing about Palmoplantar Pustulosis

Palmoplantar Pustulosis is a common skin condition occurring in the world. It is long-lasting and shows its main effects after some time. The main features include the appearance of bumps and blisters. These bumps are full of clear fluid-like substance. These are usually referred to as pustules. The pustules are found on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Though it is considered as an auto-immune disorder (a disease which is caused when the body repels its own immune system), the risk of infection by this disease is multiplied a hundred times when it comes to smokers.

The blisters appearing on the skin are very painful and may cause a dent in the way you live your life. The entire skin shows a common symptom of itchiness and dry cracks. Normal day to day activities are affected adversely.

What are the Symptoms of this Disease?

Palmoplantar Pustulosis is found to be more common in adults. The disease projects itself into various forms. These forms depend from person to person. The common symptoms associated with the disease include:

  • Extreme itchiness.
  • The itchiness is not localized (it does not remain constant at a single place). 
  • The patient experiences a sharp pain like sensation at the area of blisters.
  • Formation of skin cracks due to the drying up of skin in response to the blisters.
  • The skin turns tender. The skin is a bit tough while patients affected by the disease seem to have a very soft and pulpy skin texture.
  • The affected area turns reddish.
  • Appearance of fluid filled blisters and bumps on the palms of hands and soles of feet.

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  • Thickening of skin.

What is the Cause of this Disease?

Although research is under process to find out the exact cause of this annoying and itchy skin condition, we surely know that a number of factors are responsible for the development of this skin condition.

A person is more likely to have this condition if he/she:

  • Has a current habit of smoking at least once a day.
  • Had a habit of smoking in the past.
  • Had the occurrence of another autoimmune disorder (Myasthenia Gravis, Arthritis, Celiac disease, Thyroid Disease, Type 1 Diabetes).
  • Has a family history of the same condition or other skin conditions of similar type.
  • Undergoes violent attacks of stress and tension on a regular basis.
  • Has been infected by streptococcal infections. (These infections lower the immunity of an individual)
  • Indulges in the uptake of certain drugs such as steroids (Usually used by bodybuilders to gain weight as soon as possible).
  • Has a history of Psoriasis (Another skin condition). Some medical practitioners believe that palmoplantar pustulosis is just a type of psoriasis.

Hence, in case you have been/ are infected with a case of psoriasis, do make sure that your health provided is well aware.

Palmoplantar pustulosis is not contagious and hence it cannot be spread from one person to another.

You might have heard that smoking kills, but here is one excellent example as to how smoking tends to disrupt our daily life as well!


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.